An athlete suspected of suffering a concussion will be prohibited from further participation until evaluated and cleared in writing to resume participation in Grand Traverse Ski Club sporting events by a qualified health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussive head injuries.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Doctors may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.
Risk of Continued Participation
A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first—usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks)—can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain damage, and even death.
The Grand Traverse Ski Club recommends that Members review the Center for Disease Control’s resources on concussion awareness at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html